Washington, DC (April 24, 2012)— The American School Bus Council (ASBC) today announced the launch of SchoolBusFacts.com, a new website featuring insight into the benefits of the yellow school bus.
The website serves as the hub of a national public education campaign initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States Department of Transportation (US DoT) to promote the yellow school bus as the safest and best way to connect students with their schools.
“We could not be more thrilled with our partnership with NHTSA,” said Bob Riley, ASBC member and Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS). “SchoolBusFacts.com serves as an invaluable resource for us as a community of school bus advocates, and provides a one stop shop of information for those curious about student ridership and education.”
ASBC and NHTSA have collaboratively created a variety of informational resources including posters and other materials featuring eye-catching infographics on why parents should choose the school bus over other modes of transportation for their kids. Now, with the launch of SchoolBusFacts.com, the school bus community plans to distribute these materials nationally in an effort to drive traffic to the new site and advocate for school bus ridership across the country.
“We’ve known for years that school buses are the safest way to get and from school,” said Donnie Fowler, ASBC member and former President of the National School Transportation Association. “However, because we’re seeing school bus service cuts all over the country, now is the time to go out and tell those who may not already know that the school bus is the most effective and efficient way to transport our most precious resource, our children.”
About the American School Bus Council
The American School Bus Council is a coalition of the school transportation community -- including parents, students, public and private transportation providers, school bus manufacturers and state officials responsible for pupil transportation. Council members are committed to providing safe, effective, efficient and healthy transportation for the more than 26 million schoolchildren who ride more than 480,000 school buses each day.
The Council’s members include NAPT(National Association for Pupil Transportation), NASDPTS(National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services), NSTA(National School Transportation Association), Blue Bird Corp.of Fort Valley, Ga., IC Corporationof Warrenville, Ill., and Thomas Built Buses of High Point, N.C.